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Jethro Tull


Prog Folk

4.05 | 1203 ratings

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3 stars A slight scuffle from A(BRAHAMS) to B(ARRE), during which Ian took the wheel. "Stand Up" follows their first album in most regards: explosive blues/folk, some psychedelic concessions in the instrumentation. The prime difference is a pronounced shift toward acoustic music; Martin BARRE arrived with no baggage and seemed pleased to pledge allegiance to the new lord of the manor. To those that found TULL's shift toward convoluted concepts distasteful, "Stand Up" is classic stuff, the likes of which wouldn't be seen again after "Benefit". Prog fans however sometimes find the band's first two albums tame and derivative compared to their subsequent masterworks. I admit, as a young man, I filed Stand Up alongside their first album as dusty arcana boasting but a few well preserved morsels. But I reminded myself of the talent in attendance and patiently played a tape of this on my way to work for a few months. As many would suspect, the album soon worked its peculiar magic. I found myself anticipating with pleasure the cranky insights of "A New Day Yesterday", "Look Into The Sun" and "For A Thousand Mothers", the tastefully orchestrated "Reasons For Waiting" and the bemused observations of "Fat Man" and "Nothing Is Easy".

Though "Benefit" balances the light and dark sections better, the small leap that "Stand Up" makes is not to be discounted. In fact, the album is important for introducing ANDERSON's lyrical insights: a vague dissatisfaction with the world around him, a cherishing of childhood, a bemused philosophical bent. As such, "Stand Up" clearly belongs to the same school of thought as TULL's later works. The band had settled on a slightly new course, choosing a different path in the woods, and that made all the difference.

daveconn | 3/5 |


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